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  • New Outdoor Product Design & Development Degree Program!

    Today we learned from Lindsey Shirley, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Utah State University that they are responding to the demand for a trained workforce in outdoor product design and development by creating an innovative and industry-inspired degree program. Not only is the industry calling for a trained workforce, but the demand for new and innovative outdoor products continues to rise. According to the Outdoor Industry Association (2012), more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority. This fact is illustrated by the over $646 billion that was spent on outdoor products in 2012 (Outdoor Industry Association, 2012...

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  • Grants for pre-K-12 School Libraries

    A great opportunity for the right place... The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is offering grants of up to $7,000 to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of pre-K-12 school libraries throughout the United States. Only schools where a minimum of 85 percent of the student body qualifies for the federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program are eligible to apply. Deadline: 12/14/2015. Online application information is available on the Foundation’s website here.

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  • Wishing You Health and Happiness this Holiday Season!

    On behalf of everyone here at Learning ZoneXpress, Happy Holidays! The following are fun health tips we put together for you to forward to students, clients, friends, and family. Healthy Eating for the Holidays The holidays are a great time for celebrating. With a little thought and planning, you can still enjoy all the holidays have to offer while keeping nutrition and wellness in mind. Bring a healthy dish to holiday gatherings. The party host will be grateful for the help and guests will appreciate a healthier menu option. Make fruits and vegetables the star. Make fruits and vegetables the...

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  • Happy Family & Consumer Sciences Day

    It's a day to celebrate our hard working FACS teachers and colleagues! And what's the best way to celebrate? By Dining In! The American Association for Family & Consumer Sciences has everything you need to get started - and don't worry if you're just reading about it now - it really just celebrates what you're already doing and promoting! For the second annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences will be asking families to prepare and eat a healthy meal together on December 3rd. December 3rd was chosen to honor AAFCS Founder Ellen...

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  • Don't Be a Turkey...Eat Healthier this Thanksgiving!

    The holidays are a great time for celebrating and enjoying your favorite foods, but it is often the hardest time of the year to eat right. By choosing reasonable portion sizes and healthier dishes, your Thanksgiving dinner can still be healthy and delicious! Here are 6 easy tips to keep your Thanksgiving meal healthier: Eat a hearty breakfast before your holiday meal. If you show up starving you are more likely to overeat. Eat plenty of vegetables. Go the MyPlate way and fill 2/3rds of your plate with a rainbow of vegetables. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate…Drink lots of water before...

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  • Healthy Holiday Card Sale!

    Learning ZoneXpress is excited to announce our Healthy Holiday Card Sale. Available for a limited time only, these fun cards can be purchased in sets of 6 cards for just $5.95. [gallery ids="6332,6333,6334"] Spread a message of good health this holiday season with your choice of 3 designs. These food art holiday cards feature a variety of fruits and vegetables to promote good nutrition and healthy eating during the holiday season.  These cards are great for customers, employees, and clients. From all of us here at Learning ZoneXpress, have a happy and healthy holiday season! 

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  • Eating the MyPlate Way…On a Budget!

    Think it’s impossible to eat healthy on a budget?...Think again! Tasty, affordable foods are within reach for your family. With a few tips and tricks you can make eating the Myplate way on a budget happen. Here’s How: Buy seasonal! Fruits and vegetables that are in season and grown in your area are easier to get and less expensive. Try your local farmer’s market! Visit the freezer aisle! Did you know frozen vegetables and fruits are just as nutritious and usually cheaper than fresh? Buy in bulk! It’s almost always cheaper to buy in bulk. Smart choices include family...

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  • Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

    For our friends in public health. You deserve some help in getting people to make smart, healthy decisions – and this might be how you get it. --USDA is offering grants to public food program service providers, tribal organizations, and private nonprofit entities through the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program. The program seeks to encourage healthy eating and physical activity at the individual and community levels, focusing on high-risk groups, and promotes healthy diet and physical activity behaviors. Deadline to apply: 11/30/2015. Click here for funding guidelines.

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  • Child-Centered Garden Programs Funded

    From our friends at GrantStation... Child-Centered Garden Programs Funded Youth Garden Grants, a resource of the National Gardening Association (NGA), awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations throughout the United States with child-centered garden programs. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of three and 18 is eligible to apply. Twenty programs will receive award packages valued at over $500. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. The application deadline is December 1...

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  • USDA grants to support fruit and veg through SNAP

    For our friends in public health. What a great way to support healthy eating! --USDA is offering grants to support projects that increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. Government agencies and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the implementation of the project. Deadline: 12/16/2015. Click here for funding guidelines.

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